Thursday, March 11, 2010
I have no idea why this slice is called Moderator's Slice. It came from my favourite baking cookbook The Blue Ribbon Cookbook which contains all of the Blue Ribbon winners around South Australia for various baking feats. This recipe comes from Valmai Roeby from Quorn which is an amazing country town in the Flinders Ranges where I did a lot of my growing up as a kid; hence the reason I've been wanting to make this slice. That, and the fact that it looked deeeeeelish!
By looking at the recipe I couldn't figure out what this slice would taste like, but now I can describe it perfectly. It tastes like a chocolate crackle with gooey, thick caramel through the middle. TO DIE FOR! It was so good, and so naughty that I had to send most of it to work with Jared so he could give it away. If it stayed in our fridge I was going to devour it and put on about 25kg. Jared gave a slice to my usual food critic Richard who emailed me this feedback:
OMG I've just started to eat it. You are going to kill Jared with this food. I'm guessing the last thing he will be doing before he dies is eating and feeling very happy about it. Having eaten it, it is indeed remarkable that it ever found its way to me.
I wasn't at work when Jared handed out the slice as I've been off studying, furthering my computer knowledge - when I went back to work today and wandered through Jared's floor I received several compliments on my fabulous slice. I can see why this won the blue ribbon!
2 tablespoons cocoa powder
1 cup icing sugar
1 cup desiccated coconut
4 cups cornflakes
250g copha, melted
200ml sweetened condensed milk
1/4 cup brown sugar
2 tablespoons golden syrup
1 teaspoon vanilla essence
Grease and line a 19 x 29cm slice pan.
To make the base, combine the cocoa, icing sugar, coconut and cornflakes in a large bowl. Pour over the melted copha and mix well. Press half the mixture into the prepared pan and place in the refrigerator while you prepare the filling.
To make the filling, place the condensed milk, sugar, golden syrup, butter and vanilla essence in a saucepan and bring gently to the boil, stirring continuously. Keep stirring the mixture while it simmers for 3 minutes. Cool the filling and then pour over the base. (I didn't cool mine, I just poured).
To finish the slice, top it with the remaining base mixtuire and put it in the refrigerator to set. Cut the slice into squares when firm and store in the refrigerator.
Posted by Elizabeth and Jared